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Football

Devin McCourty standing tall despite rough start

FOXBOROUGH - Young players in the NFL always have their ups and downs. There are dozens of things they have to learn and adjust to, from the speed of the game to the volume of the playbook to the intricacies of a new system.

Cornerbacks must also learn the tendencies of the receivers they will be assigned to cover, knowing how to play speed guys vs. shifty slot guys, how to cover those taller than they are, how to read a quarterback and make a break for the ball in hopes of being the one to pull it in instead of the receiver.

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